Master of Public Administration
In fall 2018, the Ford School launched an innovative, powerhouse new degree program: the Master of Public Affairs. The new program builds on the strengths of the Master of Public Administration program that we had offered for decades, while providing challenging, creative learning opportunities that are tailored to experienced professionals.
With the debut of this new degree, we will no longer be offering our Master of Public Administration degree.
Our final cohort of Master of Public Administration students will graduate in 2019.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a one-year degree designed to enhance the analytic abilities and management skills of experienced professionals who have at least five years of work experience.
This one-year (ten month) Master of Public Administration (MPA) program helps experienced professionals strengthen their analytical abilities and core technical skills while offering them an opportunity to explore a policy field in depth. The 30 hours of course work required of MPA students includes the Integrated Policy Exercise and at least 15 additional hours from the MPP core curriculum.
Course of study
Students are generally in residence at the Ford School for one year (two or three semesters). Students typically complete coursework for the MPA degree by taking:
- 15 credits per term (fall and winter), or
- 12-14 credits per term (fall and winter) and 3-6 credits in the spring and/or summer sessions (Note: only independent study and directed reading courses are available during the spring and summer sessions), or
- 9-12 credits per term (fall and winter of the first year, and fall of the second year).
Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to choose the most appropriate option. The degree requires completion of 30 credit hours (most courses are three credit hours), with a total of 21 credits required within the Ford School. Additionally, the Rackham Cognate Policy requires that students complete a minimum of four credits of graduate-level coursework outside their primary discipline.
All MPA students are required to complete the following core courses:
- PubPol 529: Statistics
- PubPol 586: Performance Management
- PubPol 587: Public Management
- PubPol 555: Microeconomics A
- PubPol 558: Microeconomics B
- PubPol 638: Integrated Policy Exercise
- PubPol 510: Politics of Public Policy
- PubPol 580: Values, Ethics, and Public Policy
All MPA students choose one additional skills core course from the following:
- PubPol 513: Calculus
- PubPol 639: Quantitative Methods of Program Evaluation
- PubPol 571: Applied Econometrics
- PubPol 633: Qualitative Methods
- PubPol 715: Budgeting and Financial Planning
MPA students may be able to waive PubPol 529 and/or PubPol 555 respectively by passing waiver exams that are offered during orientation. If this happens, students will substitute additional skills core courses from the list above so that there are a total of 19 credits from core courses. Waived courses are not counted toward the 30 credits required for the degree.